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Our Team

Executive Team

Jared Fox
Jared Fox

CAM, Chief Executive Officer

Jared Fox

CAM, Chief Executive Officer

Jared was bitten by the aviation bug at an early age. By 14 years old he was flying planes out of the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport near his home in Anna Maria Island, Florida. At 18, Jared began working for Delta Airlines and was quickly promoted to Operations Supervisor, the youngest to hold the position for the airline.

In 1997, Jared transitioned into the general aviation world when he began working for an FBO in Sarasota. After completing a degree in International Affairs and Business Management at Florida State University, Jared joined Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. During this time, he also obtained a Commercial Certificate and an Instrument Rating.

Next, Jared made the move to the West Coast where he joined American Airports Corporation as Training Coordinator for their Santa Monica, CA based FBO group; Supermarine. After AAC sold their FBO businesses, he transferred to their airport management division and began managing Los Angeles County Airports through contract.

Jared’s successes led him to the aircraft charter industry where he joined Corporate Jets LLC and then TWC Aviation developing multimillion dollar books of business from the ground up.

Mr. Fox continues his commitment to business aviation and today brings 25 years of experience, across nearly every aspect of the industry.

Toby Benenson
Toby Benenson

Chief Operating Officer

Toby Benenson

Chief Operating Officer

As Desert Jet's Chief Operating Officer, Toby oversees the day-to-day operations of the company’s three business divisions and ensures the effectiveness and efficiency between cross-functional teams.

As a key member of the executive leadership team, Toby is instrumental in providing leadership and developing the culture around our core values, ensuring high levels of engagement throughout the company.

Toby’s previous experience over the last ten years includes the position of Director of Mission Control for a large national operator and operational control functions with a national aircraft fractional operation. He is a certificated pilot and aircraft dispatcher.

Toby is also a certified scuba diver and enjoys flying drones, biking and swimming with his two-year old daughter.

Chris Little
Chris Little

Chief Marketing Officer

Chris Little

Chief Marketing Officer

Chris began her marketing career in business aviation services more than 13 years ago, working for an East Coast Part 135 private jet charter and management company and its affiliate FBO.  She established the companies’ marketing department and led successful rebrand strategies and initiatives through multimedia and digital marketing, advertising, PR and event activities. She established greater brand awareness and recognition for her previous company, locally and nationally, increasing sales activities and profitability. Chris also launched several internal communications initiatives which contributed to better workflows, increased efficiencies and promoted a positive company culture.

Chris relocated back to California and worked for an aviation services company which included marketing aircraft for sale and a Part 145 Maintenance and Repair facility. She led a successful brand merge and launched a new website and fresh marketing collateral.

Inspired by Desert Jet's CEO and Founder, Denise Wilson, and the values and culture she instilled in her companies and employees, Chris soon joined Desert Jet and moved to the desert to become a part of a remarkable company focused on growing together as a team.

Prior to aviation, Chris worked for an entrepreneurial consulting firm where she brought in new franchise opportunities for business ownership. She negotiated franchise agreements with C-Suite executives and founders to expand their business models, and then marketed the opportunities to the franchise consultants through training sessions, seminars, webinars, conferences and website.

Dedicated to her role as the Chief Marketing Officer for Desert Jet, Chris will develop and implement a marketing strategy to increase brand awareness, presence and recognition for the company's product lines to increase market share and brand loyalty. She will bring her strong passion for excellence, high work ethics, creativity, analytic skills and enthusiastic determination to enhance the company culture and continued success of the brand. In her spare time, Chris enjoys cooking, socializing and is a foodie. She loves to hike and ride her bike by the beach and is looking forward to doing the same in the desert.

Roman Mendez
Roman Mendez

General Manager, Desert Jet Center

Roman Mendez

General Manager, Desert Jet Center

Another one of our Coachella Valley natives, Roman first fell in love with business aviation when he was eighteen. Even though he had never been around aircraft before, his passion was sparked from the moment he heard that first engine start. Since then he has worked in a variety of roles in aviation, from line service technician, customer service, to management.

Apart from work, Roman is involved in many activities. His love for the outdoors and trying new things has him engaging in group yoga, football and hiking.

Roman is also passionate about volunteerism, as you can find him at local charity events lending a helping hand.

Jonathan Schaedig
Jonathan Schaedig

General Manager, Desert Jet Maintenance

Jonathan Schaedig

General Manager, Desert Jet Maintenance

Coming soon!
Shaun McQuain
Shaun McQuain

VP of Charter Operations/Director of Operations

Shaun McQuain

VP of Charter Operations/Director of Operations

Coming soon!

Desert Jet Charter

Rob Wilson
Rob Wilson

Pilot

Rob Wilson

Pilot

Rob Wilson has over 25 years of flying experience and is qualified by the National Business Aviation Association as a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM). His previous experience includes the positions of Director of Operations and Chief Pilot for several charter and corporate flight departments. Previous to beginning his corporate flight career, Rob was a Captain, Check Airman and standardization pilot for a large national airline. Before he started his flying career, Rob was a producer, engineer, consultant, and on-air talent at a number of radio stations across the country, including KIFM and KGB-FM in San Diego and WNUA-FM in Chicago. Rob produced “A Touch of Jazz”, a syndicated weekly radio program on over 90 stations that featured contemporary jazz and was hosted by radio legend Allison Steele, New York’s “Nightbird”. He also ran his own production company, recording jingles and background music for radio station’s musical logos and commercials. Rob has over 11,000 hours, over 9000 of this as pilot in command. He has type ratings in the Citation 500 and 525 series, Citation Mustang, Saab 340, Hawker 1000, Westwind and Challenger 300. He is the company’s Check Airman in the Mustang. Rob attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he majored in Professional Aeronautics and was on the Dean’s List.
Tawni Gomez
Tawni Gomez

Dispatcher

Tawni Gomez

Dispatcher

Tawni is a Southern California native and fell in love with aviation early on. Living near Santa Monica Airport (KSMO), she was fascinated by the airplanes, from Piper Cubs to Lear jets passing one hundred feet over the automobile traffic on Bundy Drive for landing.

One summer, she decided she might want to learn to fly. All it took was a thirty minute Cessna Discovery Flight and she had found her passion. She made her first solo flight shortly before joining the United States Air Force where she spent 6 years combined active duty and California Air National Guard as a fighter jet armament systems specialist. During this time she received unit commendations for achieving flight leader of her graduating class, outstanding job performance and early promotion.

Upon completing her active duty tour, she received her private pilot certificate and, soon after, her instrument rating. She joined an aero club with an equity share in 4 aircraft where she accumulated most of her flight hours in a Cessna Skylane.

Tawni attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, with a major in Aeronautical Science. However, an opportunity to start her own windshield repair business unexpectedly presented itself and she decided to leave school to pursue the chance to be her own boss. It was during this time that the importance of customer service was deeply ingrained as the cornerstone of her business philosophy, and discovered she really enjoyed meeting and helping people. An independent survey revealed that over 97% of her customers would use her service again.

In her free time, she enjoys fitness walking, cycling, inline skating, virtual flying (simulation) and spending time with friends and family. Tawni plans to own a Stearman PT-17 someday. Her favorite aviation-themed book is “A Gift of Wings” by Richard Bach.

Steve Roy
Steve Roy

Pilot

Steve Roy

Pilot

Steve’s aviation dreams began at an early age, sitting at the kitchen table building World War II model aircraft with his father. He’s now living his dream as a pilot, as he embarks on his second career. Prior to joining Desert Jet, Steve’s strong technology background offered him an opportunity to work with several highflying teams and he has benefited greatly from the mentorship of notable business leaders while at Apple, Author-It, DonJoy, and Promptu.

Steve is a graduate from the University of Southern California and attended Cambridge University, England as a Joan Metcalf Schaefer Extramural Scholar. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, a minor in Computer Science and is an adjunct Professor of Aviation Science at Orange Coast College.

Steve lives in La Quinta, is married and has two children. Steve enjoys USC Football, Anaheim Ducks hockey, cycling, golf and history. He enjoys spending time with his family and gives back through his service to Boy Scouts of America, Operation Help a Hero, Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center Foundation and Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief.

Laura McQuain
Laura McQuain

Director of Charter

Laura McQuain

Director of Charter

Coming Soon!
Dylan Grimm
Dylan Grimm

Pilot

Dylan Grimm

Pilot

Coming soon!
Manon Rinsma-Leonard
Manon Rinsma-Leonard

Culture Ambassador / Sr. Charter Sales

Manon Rinsma-Leonard

Culture Ambassador / Sr. Charter Sales

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Manon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, Marketing and Commercial Management with honors, and a Master of Science Degree in Media Psychology. After moving to the United States she successfully completed a business and management program at UCLA with distinction.

Previously, she worked with prominent international events, world-class commercial brands, a broad range of entertainment companies, and several governmental institutions. In the position of Charter Sales for Desert Jet, Manon can combine her passion for marketing, sales, coordination, and aircraft!

Manon has traveled over 50 countries and aims to travel all 50 U.S. states. She loves to travel and go on adventures, but also enjoys spending time at home in the Coachella Valley with her husband. In her spare time, she writes and runs a nonprofit organization called ‘Stronger by Sharing,’ motivating people to share their stories and support others in difficult times. An initiative Manon started after publishing her first book ‘13 Diamonds – Life Before Death from a Child’s Perspective’ about losing her mother when she was twelve. When there is time left, Manon works on her golf swing. So far, great potential, not much success! Carpe Diem.

Adam Stoughton
Adam Stoughton

Director of Training

Adam Stoughton

Director of Training

Adam’s role as Director of Training with Desert Jet stems from a longstanding passion for helping others achieve and develop as professionals.

His entrance to aviation was not until his second year of college when he transitioned from a Physical Education Major to an Aviation Major. From there on out Adam’s pursuit of Aviation has been strong and focused. Though Adam’s career has been focused primarily in an Aviation context, his lifelong passion of helping others has also guided him into education and development.

After graduating college, Adam served as a flight instructor, further developing his career in corporate and charter aviation. Following his passion for personnel development, Adam also earned a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Human Performance.

He has held roles within large established business aviation companies as well as small startup flight organizations. Within those roles, he has onboarded new aircraft types, built and implemented initial and recurrent training courses, onboarded Pilots and Instructors, and even helped implement airline style scenario-based training in business and charter aviation contexts.

Assisting fellow aviation personnel in achieving their highest performance in their chosen career paths is Adam’s lifelong pursuit and Desert Jet is the perfect platform for him to practice his passion.

In Adam’s free time he enjoys spending time with his family, learning new things, traveling, and seeking out new and exciting ways to grow. Pursuits outside of aviation include learning Japanese, exercise, mountain biking, car racing, teaching his kids, SCUBA, and well, most any new skill!

Mike Barr
Mike Barr

Director of Maintenance

Mike Barr

Director of Maintenance

Coming soon!
Mike Felland
Mike Felland

Charter Sales Coordinator

Mike Felland

Charter Sales Coordinator

Coming soon!
Austin Braver
Austin Braver

Pilot

Austin Braver

Pilot

Coming soon!
Chace Sparks
Chace Sparks

Pilot

Chace Sparks

Pilot

Coming soon!
Caroline Cusick
Caroline Cusick

Charter Sales Coordinator

Caroline Cusick

Charter Sales Coordinator

Coming soon!
Bill Arabak
Bill Arabak

Pilot

Bill Arabak

Pilot

Coming soon!
Najib Atwi
Najib Atwi

Pilot

Najib Atwi

Pilot

2019 marks Najib's 5th year at Desert Jet. He serves as an Instructor Pilot and Check Airman on our Cessna Citation 500 and 525 fleet.

Najib has more than 11000 flight hours, six type ratings on various aircraft including; three Cessna Citation models, a Kingair 350, a Gulfstream G-200, and an Airbus A-320.

Prior to joining Desert Jet, Najib served as the former Director Of Flight Operations for a private company in Oregon.

Najib's childhood was spent living in exotic places such as Asia, Europe, and Africa, considering each place home before moving to the United States. Besides everything Aviation, some of Najib's hobbies include traveling, classic cars, watching and playing sports such as basketball, soccer, baseball, and tennis.

Gordon Seaman
Gordon Seaman

Pilot

Gordon Seaman

Pilot

Coming soon!
Shaun McQuain
Shaun McQuain

VP of Charter Operations/Director of Operations

Shaun McQuain

VP of Charter Operations/Director of Operations

Coming soon!
Francois Gillman
Francois Gillman

Pilot

Francois Gillman

Pilot

Coming soon!
Mark Robens
Mark Robens

Director of Safety, Pilot

Mark Robens

Director of Safety, Pilot

Mark brings considerable experience and knowledge to the team including a CE-525 type rating. Mark will apply his years of professional training to ensure Desert Jet is operating as safely and efficiently as possible. Mark has previously worked in both Part 91 and 135 operations, has acted as a paramedic with the Phoenix Fire Department and has been a practicing attorney in areas including Risk Management.
Kimo Kalawai’a
Kimo Kalawai’a

Pilot

Kimo Kalawai’a

Pilot

Coming soon!
Suzanne Temesvari
Suzanne Temesvari

Director of Charter Sales and Logistics

Suzanne Temesvari

Director of Charter Sales and Logistics

Coming soon!

Desert Jet Maintenance

Luis Ferro
Luis Ferro

Administrative Assistant / Parts

Luis Ferro

Administrative Assistant / Parts

Luis is a desert native having been born in Indio and raised in Thermal, California. After high school, Luis attended the College of the Desert and graduated with an Associate’s of Science Degree in Computer Science. Luis initially joined the Desert Jet team as a Line Service Technician.  His interest in aircraft maintenance led him to join the Desert Jet Maintenance team as a parts clerk with the intention of eventually becoming an aircraft mechanics. Away from work, Luis can be found off-roading, shooting and working on cars. Luis always has a smile, and it spreads to the rest of his team.
Valente Camarillo
Valente Camarillo

Maintenance Technician

Valente Camarillo

Maintenance Technician

Valente Camarillo joins Desert Jet with more than 18 years’ experience in aircraft maintenance. Valente attended Red Stone College in Los Angeles, California, where he earned his A&P license. Previously with SkyWest, he became crew leader and spent four years in a supervisory role.

Valente was born and raised in Indio, California, and enjoys spending time with his family, playing his guitar and Barbequing on his days off.

Richard Camarillo
Richard Camarillo

Maintenance Technician

Richard Camarillo

Maintenance Technician

Coming soon!
Jonathan Schaedig
Jonathan Schaedig

General Manager, Desert Jet Maintenance

Jonathan Schaedig

General Manager, Desert Jet Maintenance

Coming soon!
Mike Horan
Mike Horan

Maintenance Technician

Mike Horan

Maintenance Technician

Coming soon!
Jeff Manion
Jeff Manion

Technical Sales Representative

Jeff Manion

Technical Sales Representative

Jeff is a corporate aviation executive in MRO Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service. He demonstrates exemplary leadership skills plus a proven track record of YOY revenue growth, by capturing new market share, maximizing corporate performance, along with improving internal efficiencies.

Desert Jet Center - Executive FBO

Roman Mendez
Roman Mendez

General Manager, Desert Jet Center

Roman Mendez

General Manager, Desert Jet Center

Another one of our Coachella Valley natives, Roman first fell in love with business aviation when he was eighteen. Even though he had never been around aircraft before, his passion was sparked from the moment he heard that first engine start. Since then he has worked in a variety of roles in aviation, from line service technician, customer service, to management.

Apart from work, Roman is involved in many activities. His love for the outdoors and trying new things has him engaging in group yoga, football and hiking.

Roman is also passionate about volunteerism, as you can find him at local charity events lending a helping hand.

Jorge Rodriguez
Jorge Rodriguez

Line Service Manager

Jorge Rodriguez

Line Service Manager

Jorge is a Coachella Valley native with a strong work ethic and a helpful heart. When he’s not spending time with his family, you can find him at any one of the amusement parks around the area. Jorge has a passion for sports, whether it be playing or watching football, baseball and basketball. He gives back to his community and coaches softball at Coachella Valley High School, where his passion for sports shines through.
Diana Escandon
Diana Escandon

Director of Operations

Diana Escandon

Director of Operations

Born to an American Military and Foreign Service family in Taiwan, Republic of China, Diana traveled the world widely in her early years, including her father’s posts in Germany, Saudi Arabia and Iran, before finally settling in Southern California.

Her decades of professional experience span many diverse fields of aviation at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR), including extensive FBO experience accommodating aircraft ranging in size from single engine props to airline scale jumbo jet executive conversions. She also worked in airline air freight services, airline aircraft maintenance, airline refueling and many other facets of airport ground service activities, including AVI (live animal) specialty air cargo handling.

Diana received formal FBO Guest Services training at Hemmeter Aviation in Honolulu, Hawaii. During her previous tenure in FBO Customer Services she received a number of notable special merit recognitions, such as one from the United States Air Force Space Division for excellent accommodation and support in overseeing a US Defense Department refueling contract at LAX. Another was received from Saudi Airlines and the Consul General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for overseeing the travel needs of the flight operations of the Saudi Royal Family at LAX.

During this time, she was also recognized for customer service excellence in a number of prominent industry publications both in the USA and in Europe, such as Professional Pilot Magazine and Aviation International News Magazine, as well as Business Aviation & Regional Transport Magazine (BART International). She was proud to have been officially appointed to the European Business Aviation Airports (EBAA) and Handling Committee as the North American Advisor.

Diana has a beloved canine “child,” an Irish Setter who is also a show dog, having earned his AKC Championship Title and endeavoring to earn his AKC Grand Champion Title. Diana is a member of State and National Irish Setter Clubs. Her Irish Setter has appeared with his sibling in a national automobile television commercial that aired Spring of 2017. In Diana’s personal time, she is a sporting dog fancier, she enjoys outdoor adventures, she delights in gastronomy and she is keen on current events. Diana is very fond of spending time with her family, dearest friends and her canine child.

Mike Geller
Mike Geller

Line Service Technician

Mike Geller

Line Service Technician

Mike joined the Desert Jet Center team as a Line Service Technician after a 20 year stint in his family's business of building and supplying cars and equipment to movie studios in Los Angeles.  Mike moved from LA to the desert to find a better environment in which to raise his kids.  His hobbies include classic cars, martial arts playing the guitar and of course, spending time with his family.  
Richard Rasmussen
Richard Rasmussen

Lead Aircraft Detailer

Richard Rasmussen

Lead Aircraft Detailer

Coming Soon.
Alonso Mendoza
Alonso Mendoza

Line Service Technician

Alonso Mendoza

Line Service Technician

Coming Soon!
Angel Vargas
Angel Vargas

Line Service Technician

Angel Vargas

Line Service Technician

Born and raised in Mexico City, Angel came to the U.S. in 1971 looking for better employment opportunities.  Angel worked as an industrial mechanic for ten years and an optical technician for five years prior to working in line service at KTRM.  He now joins Desert Jet with more than 12 years of aviation experience as a line technician.

Angel enjoys history, sports, cars and motorcycles.  He is extremely happy to be a Desert Jet team member!

Taylor Garcia
Taylor Garcia

Guest Service Coordinator

Taylor Garcia

Guest Service Coordinator

Taylor is a Coachella Valley native with an outgoing personality and strong customer service background. Taylor joined the Desert Jet team as a Guests Service Coordinator. Although this is her first job in aviation, she had always had an interest in the industry and with aircraft. Her adaptive skills, generous nature and eagerness to learn new things will be beneficial to her role and to the company.

When Taylor is not working, you can find her spending time with her family, playing softball with friends or even attending a local community event. Taylor gives back to her community by teaching adaptive fitness classes to adults and youths with disabilities.

Porfirio De Anda
Porfirio De Anda

Line Service Technician

Porfirio De Anda

Line Service Technician

Coming Soon!
Everett Woodbridge
Everett Woodbridge

Aircraft Detailer

Everett Woodbridge

Aircraft Detailer

Coming Soon!
Lizeth Rodriguez
Lizeth Rodriguez

Guest Service Coordinator

Lizeth Rodriguez

Guest Service Coordinator

Coming Soon!
Santiago Lozoya
Santiago Lozoya

Aircraft Detailer

Santiago Lozoya

Aircraft Detailer

Coming soon!
Del Boyer
Del Boyer

Line Service Technician

Del Boyer

Line Service Technician

Coming soon!
Samuel Zendejas
Samuel Zendejas

Line Service Technician

Samuel Zendejas

Line Service Technician

Coming soon!

Administration

Janet Ygnatowiz
Janet Ygnatowiz

Book Keeper / Office Administrator

Janet Ygnatowiz

Book Keeper / Office Administrator

Coming soon!

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